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Last week the Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) was hosted by ATCO at its Jandakot Operations Centre in Perth.
The ATCO facility includes an industry-leading Clean Energy Innovation Hub, regarded as a leading test bed for hybrid energy solutions, integrating natural gas, solar PV, battery storage and hydrogen production.
The Hub is focused on providing insights into how existing gas distribution infrastructure can continue to benefit customers as part of a future energy mix. With the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, ATCO has invested $3.3 million in developing the Hub.
ATCO delivers energy to more than 750,000 domestic and business connections through 14,000km of gas pipelines across Western Australia.
Emerging industry technologies and skills are a key consideration of the Gas IRC.
Chair of the IRC, Lindsay Eisemann, said “the visit to the Clean Energy Hub provided valuable insight into the future, and positions the Gas IRC to better support ongoing industry investment in Hydrogen through skills development. Rather than a theoretical discussion around the emergence of Hydrogen we were given a physical demonstration of how it will fit into the renewable energy mix.
Members of the Gas IRC were also impressed with ATCO’s training facilities. “The training rooms were adaptable and fitted with state-of-the-art equipment that is used to provide simulation exercises in a safe and controlled environment. It is a great example of investment by the gas industry in training and building the capability of its people.”
The visit was an ideal parallel to the regular IRC meeting, discussing industry changes and how training packages can better meet the needs of an evolving gas industry.
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